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"There are men who could neither be distressed nor won into a sacrifice of their duty; but this stern virtue is the growth of few soils: And in the main it will be found, that a power over a man?s support is a power over his will."
"It may be said that the power of preventing bad laws includes that of preventing good ones; and may be used to the one purpose as well as to the other. But this objection will have little weight with those who can properly estimate the mischiefs of that inconstancy and mutability in the laws, which form the greatest blemish in the character and genius of our governments."
"It [the veto power] not only serves as a shield . . . against the enaction of improper laws. It establishes a salutary check upon the legislative body, calculated to guard the community against the effects of faction, precipitancy, or of any impulse unfriendly to the public good, which may happen to influence a majority of that body."
"The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones."

Portraits of the managers to conduct the impeachment of President Johnson


The House committee of impeachment managers in the Senate chamber Washington D.C. on the 4th inst


The last speech on impeachment--Thaddeus Stevens closing the debate in the House March 2


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